Ghent: How to Live Together
A Season of Truth and Reconciliation


Grace Ndiritu, together with Caveat's legal specialist, immersed herself in the history of a former monastery in Ghent and its users. The proposed sale of parts of the building has met criticism. The artist organises a series of activities at Kunsthal Gent around her research that can be seen at Kunsthal throughout this autumn and will keep growing. The aim is to find a peaceful resolution to the situation that has been building, in the framework of a Truth and Reconciliation process.


07/09 – 10/12/2021


Last year the Province of East Flanders and Woningent announced plans to sell its part of the building complex of Het Pand and Kunsthal Gent. Grace Ndiritu, together with Jubilee's and Caveat's legal specialist, immersed herself in the history of the former monastery and its (historic and current) users. The collected material can be seen at Kunsthal throughout this autumn and will keep growing.


There have been different points in history in which inhabitants have used the space as a place for living, spiritual practice and sharing intellectual and artistic ideas; particularly in the 15th century, the 1970s and in the present day form of Kunsthal Ghent and the Pandemisten occupation. Archive material from all these periods can be seen in Kunsthal Gent throughout this autumn and will keep growing.


From 7 september onwards, Grace Ndiritu is organising a series of activities at Kunsthal Gent around her research. The aim is to find a peaceful resolution to the situation that has been building, in the framework of a Truth and Reconciliation process. Furthermore, the is examining how the site of the former Caermersklooster, where the interests of the different people and institutions who use or own the site are in conflict, can serve as a model for the practice of commoning.


Events are free (except the screening with Art Cinema OFFoff) but limited in numbers. Please register in advance via the link at Kunsthal Gent.


Ghent: How To Live Together, is a project in the framework of Kunsthal Gent Development Program, in collaboration with Caveat, Jubilee's collective research project into the ecology of artistic practice. It is part of Ndiritu's ongoing body of work Healing The Museum.



Programme September - December


Tuesday 7th September - 7pm to 9.30pm
A Therapeutic Townhall Meeting (ENG)
In this playful performance, Grace Ndiritu will use meditation, letter writing and word-play to collectively unpack what the Truth and Reconciliation process means in the context of the ongoing dispute over the Caermersklooster site. More information here


Monday 25th October - 8pm to 10.30pm
Contested land and Indigenous land rights (NL & ENG)
Screening by OFFoff Art Cinema, curated by Grace Ndiritu and Caveat


Tuesday 2nd November - 7pm to 9pm
Local Knowledge (NL & ENG)
A fascinating talk by local residents sharing their personal archives and stories of living in Patershol.


Thursday 25th November - 7pm to 9pm
Holistic Reading room (ENG)
Group reading of Giorgio Agamben’s philosophical book on the law of living together - The Highest Poverty: Monastic Rules and Form-of-Life


Friday 10th December - 7pm to 10pm
Public Debate: Commoning, Property Law and Indigenous Land Rights in the Belgian Context (ENG)
A public debate on ideas of Commoning, the Indigenous perspective on shared resources and what we can learn from it in relation to the history and social planning of Patershol up to the present day the sale of Het Pand.


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